Wealden MP Nus Ghani speaking yesterday in an emergency debate on the refugee crisis.

Wealden MP calls for destruction of Daesh (Isil)

Wealden MP Nus Ghani called for the destruction of Daesh (Isil) in a speech in the House of Commons yesterday.

Ms Ghani was taking part in an emergency debate on the refugee crisis.

She said: “We must be prepared to tackle the fundamental cause of the instability wreaking havoc in the Middle East. Wahhabi extremism is the cancer that has destroyed the body politic of Syria and Iraq.

“Daesh needs to be destroyed. There can be no ‘political solution’ until that happens and we must hold our nerve and consider effective military intervention at the earliest opportunity.”

The MP, a member of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, began her speech by welcoming the Prime Minister’s decision to welcome 20,000 refugees to the UK, on top of aid spending for the humanitarian crisis which is to reach £1 billion.

And she highlighted the attitude of Turkey towards the Kurds, questioning whether it has made the situation worse, as well as the failure of Gulf countries to step up to the plate and welcome refugees themselves.

She said: “We must be prepared to tackle the fundamental cause of the instability wreaking havoc in the Middle East. Wahhabi extremism is the cancer that has destroyed the body politic of Syria and Iraq.

“Daesh needs to be destroyed. There can be no ‘political solution’ until that happens and we must hold our nerve and consider effective military intervention at the earliest opportunity.”

Following the debate Ms Ghani questioned immigration minister James Brokenshire and the Mayor of Calais, who both appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee.

She called on the Government to re-assign parts of the aid budget to local authorities and British-based charities and agencies who are supporting the refugees being welcomed to the UK.

Ms Ghani’s speech is reproduced here:

“Mr Speaker, no one can have failed to be deeply moved by the picture of Aylan’s lifeless body on the Turkish beach. We can do nothing for Aylan but mourn. But while our consciences cry out to act now and act with compassion, it is our hard headed duty to address the root causes and ask the difficult questions.

“I welcome the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday that on top of aid spending – which will reach 1 billion pounds for the humanitarian crisis – that we will be welcoming 20,000 refugees to the UK.

“But especially welcome is the news that the refugees will be taken from camps around Syria. It is the women and children who often remain behind in camps closest to conflict. These are the most vulnerable, where duty and conscience collide.

“And it is our clear duty to do all we can to deter the people traffickers peddling false hope by selling death in airless lorries and cramming families onto leaking dinghies that seal their fate.

“We are seeing migration levels not experienced since the Second World War or indeed since the partition of India and Pakistan when over 1 million people perished and many millions more were left homeless and were settled elsewhere. These are the stories I grew up with, with distant relatives never getting over their journeys and losing their relatives.

“A global crisis needs an international response which is why it is right that our generous International Aid budget will be re-assigned to provide the funding to support the 20,000 refugees.

“And I would urge the government to assess how and where our money on humanitarian relief is allocated and to which agencies. We should consider assigning more of these funds to local authorities and British-based agencies, so they can offer a longer period of support and shelter.

“Mr Speaker, Aylan’s father gave a heart wrenching speech at the funeral of his wife and children which revealed an important truth.

“That the family, all Syrian Kurds, did not feel welcome in Turkey. Turkey has borne the brunt of the refugee crisis but we must still ask whether Turkey’s attitude towards the Kurds, the one group proven to have taken the fight to Daesh, hasn’t made the situation worse.

“Equally, Aylan’s father asked what Arab-speaking countries were doing in the region. The lack of welcome for refugees across the Middle East cannot be ignored. Let us ask the hard headed question, where are the Arab countries in all this?

“It is not enough for them to speak passionately about Muslim solidarity but to fail to step up to the plate in the midst of this crisis. We should ask why none of the Gulf countries have signed the Refugee Convention and we should make our own aid to them conditional on acceptance of international norms.

“Finally we must be prepared to tackle the fundamental cause of the instability wreaking havoc in the Middle East. Wahhabi extremism is the cancer that has destroyed the body politic of Syria and Iraq. Daesh needs to be destroyed. There can be no ‘political solution’ until that happens and we must hold our nerve and consider effective military intervention at the earliest opportunity.

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